Nurse prescribing in addiction services: client benefits
John Gallagher Senior lecturer, Nursing studies, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex
Colin O’Gara Clinical research fellow, Addictions, Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, London
Mohammed Sessay Staff grade, Addictions psychiatry, Merton Community Drug Team, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London
Jason Luty Honorary consultant in psychiatry, Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health NHS Trust, South Essex Partnership NHS Trust, Southend on Sea, Essex
Recent changes to prescribing regulations mean that nurse independent prescribers and supplementary prescribers are now able to prescribe any licensed medicine for conditions within their competence, including some controlled drugs. This article discusses the anticipated benefits of these prescribing changes for patients receiving treatment for substance misuse.
Nursing Standard. 20, 48, 42-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.08.20.48.42.c4480Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review